Love my Lumia 900 Windows Phone!!!! April 25, 2012
Reviewer: Dan Ulrich (Kenmore, WA) -
This Nokia Lumia 900 is the BEST PHONE I've used so far. I've had the opportunity to own several Android, Apple and now 3 different Windows Phones and this one is the best I've had my hands on. Nokia APPS are awesome also, and 4LTE, wow!
I noticed a reduced speed of the swipe from my Samsung Focus, but it only took me a day or 2 to actual get used to it being slower, and now I can't tell the difference. I know its by design, and I have no issue with that. This phone is heavier, more solid, takes great pictures, I have had 2 conversations via Bluetooth from my car for over an hour thru the back roads and where previous phones I have had, including my focus, dropped calls and faded in and out on the audio. Not tis phone, it was rock solid. I've asked people on both long calls, when we were done, if they had any audio issues as it was a new phone, and both times they said it was clear and they didn't even know I was on my phone in my car.
My other phones using the same noise cancelling headsets or visor clip bluetooth always had some issues, and I have not been so lucky, normally calling back or having the call dropped at some points on the drive home. Again, I gotta say, this phone for the past 2 1/2 weeks has been great in all the areas I use it! Music, my audio books, my bluetooth stereo sound, simple as pie to setup and get running, right out of the box.
Solid, Solid phone! I'll be buying my wife one and tossing her old phone out the window very soon.
Affordable Quality Phone - Stunning Look/Feel April 18, 2012
Reviewer: Y. Salmean (Gainesville, FL) -
I purchased my phone from ATT but wish I knew about the price on Amazon before I got mine. Anyway, the phone is beautiful, really is. I have iPhone 4S (very nice phone), I had Galaxy SII unlocked (very nice as well), and tried couple other of phones as well. I love tech so that explains why I have had all these. Anyway, the price and functions make this phone a steller.
It has the nicest/best native GPS I have seen in any of the phones, period. It is free from Nokia and you can download maps for off-line use, for all the countries, and free.
Video recording is beautiful. Camera is ok, no iPhone 4 S but decent with lots of colors (more saturated than iPhone but slower).
The Win OS is very nice and simple, you will indeed do more work and communicate than play or check apps and news (although I have these apps etc, I tend to use them less throughout the day and do more of the work I need.
APPS are lacking if you are coming from Android/IOS, but many essential ones are there.
Customization of colors is very very fun.
Tiles are fun and line up nicely, live tiles is a good thing.
Call Quality is good, but I feel more comfortable with ear piece/mic (similar with iPhone).
Pictures hub is awesome, and the way it presents pictures, and the background favorites is much more interesting than IOS and android.
Calendar view and todo/agenda is excellent. You can see them on your lock screen which is important.
Office and one note integration is very useful and practical.
4.3 inches screen is much more comfortable than smaller ones, while the phone is not bulky or thicker than even the smaller iPhone.
Finally, the design is very very beautiful and solid. Overall it looks better than the best looking phone out there (as some suggest) iPhone 4S.
It is not better nor worse than iPhone or Android-best phones, it is a great phone, and will do all you need. If you are bored with android/IOS this will be a good refreshment. If you are new, this will defiantly be good for you and you will be impressed.
A Premium device at any price April 16, 2012
Reviewer: CoyoteTeacher (Massachusetts) -
I will sound like I'm repeating what everyone else has been saying, but it's all true. The first time you pick up the phone, the build quality simply jumps out at you. A solid, one-piece body that doesn't feel like it's going to scatter into little pieces like other smart phones out there. The buttons feel well-made and like they should last forever.
The screen is very good, and 4.3 inches makes it somewhat easier to read or watch videos compared to those little 3.5-inch phones. It is now summer, so I'm outside more here in New England, and I find I can read the screen where my friends fight to find shade to read theirs.
Battery life is important, and while I wait for a battery that can power my phone for a week without recharging, I am superbly happy to have a phone I only have to plug in at bedtime, and have gotten more than two days when it's been used only lightly.
I often need to put people on speaker phone, and the good-sized speaker on the phone works very well.
I especially like the integration of this phone with services like Twitter and Facebook. Under "e-mail and accounts" in settings, you can add social networks and gmail, then be connected without having to add separate apps.
The "tile" interface at first worried me, as I kept looking for app or widget icons, but then it dawned on me that this interface makes a lot of sense for a touch-based interface. I give Microsoft kudos here--good job.
If you use a hotmail.com or live.com account to log in, all of your app purchases and downloads will be available on a single Marketplace web site in the future in case you need to re-install any.
Actually, there are so many positives I could talk about, but I've got work to do, so just know that after a week of using this phone, I went from "what the heck am I doing", to "wow, how smart I am".
By far, best phone I have ever owned! April 15, 2012
Reviewer: Mike P. (Providence, RI) -
I guess at this point I don't have too much to say that hasn't already been stated, but I completely love this phone. The color is amazing - in some lighting it looks like a dark green-blue; other times it beams bright blue. I have to admit, sometimes I find myself just staring at it.
One bit of advice I can offer - go all in! If you move to Hotmail, Skydrive, Office (which does have free online Office apps like Google Docs, btw - great for sharing and collaboration), Bing, and Zune (get the Zune Pass!! You will not regret it), you will discover just how powerful, useful and integrated the OS really is.
Link your contacts' various accounts together (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc), and you will find out how amazing the People Hub is. You can make groups, pin contacts to the Start screen etc. Very cool.
If you use Skype, you won't find it in the Marketplace, but is available as a beta app here (link will open the app in the marketplace on your phone) - zune://navigate/?appid=c3f8e570-68b3-4d6a-bdbb-c0a3f4360a51
Did I mention you should try Zune Pass?? There is a feature called SmartDJ that will generate a playlist of music that is similar to any song, artist, or album. I always have trouble discovering new music, and this feature really does wonders for me finding different artists (it works without the Zune Pass, but you need it if you want to play music that you don't already own).
The Nokia apps are also pretty stellar. I like Nokia Drive a lot - shows speed limits and can warn you if you are going to fast (you can decide how much over to have it warn you at). The Transit & Maps apps are also wonderful (if you are in a big city). Saved my butt once by getting me home from the middle of nowhere after the commuter rail stopped running. Though some feedback on the camera is lackluster (I think it is fine), the Nokia Creative Studio is awesome at fixing up photos - it also has a really cool panorama feature that stitches four photos together into a landscape. If you are into filter effects, they are there, too.
Note - if getting a new email address through Hotmail, you can choose an "@live.com" domain extension; which I like because it is shorter to type and easier to share. If you are reluctant about Hotmail - don't be. These days it is perhaps the most feature-rich email service out there. The "Sweep" feature is spectacular at helping you keep your inbox tidy!
Just works! Fluid! Minimum clicks to do things. April 15, 2012
Reviewer: Brian Adams (San Francisco, CA United States) -
My background included the B.B. Storm, the Palm Pre, the iPAD, the wife's Galaxy (android).
Been using the Lumia 900 for 3 days so far. This is the first phone where I have not felt like I have to wait for updates for it to work right. Everything is working right straight out of the box. The live tile interface is refreshing. It is intuitive, I can email or take notes in a single click, and I can add whatever I want to the tiles so that I can choose which one-click features are important for me. With the SkyDrive storage, you can do everything without ever having to connect the phone to a computer.
The phone construction is rock solid. Not sure why they did not stick some cheap ear buds in the box (you need a headset plugged in to listen to the built in radio tuner).
Battery life has been okay so far. I've been messing with it all waking hours over the weekend and I've been bringing it down to 1/4 battery within 4-5 hours. I'll need to see what it looks like in a normal "work" day.
Best. Phone. Ever April 14, 2012
Reviewer: Michael Mitchell
This is simply the best phone I have ever used. Period. It feels great, the OS simply beautiful. And it doesnt feel like a me-too phone.
The Best April 13, 2012
I had waited for a while to get this device and I'm in love with it ever since I laid hands on this insanely stylish phone. The interface and the UI is definitely the BEST I've seen so far. I don't care about the number of apps that is missing in this platform. I definitely want to stay ahead of the crowd with my smartphone and I should say the Lumia 900 (Cyan) Exceeded my expectations.
Best looking phone in the market with an unbeatable price April 12, 2012
Reviewer: Huy Nhut
Bought this phone from the Microsoft Store...I couldn't wait 2 days on Amazon to get the phone...at $99 this phone is unbeatable in price. Plus if bought before April 21st, Nokia will give $100 AT&T credit bringing this phone to FREE! I heard many arguments about Windows Phone to IOS to Android..the number of apps in the other OS is getting old....I'm able to find many apps that I need from the Marketplace from Pandora (MetroRadio or wpFandora) to money organization app...the Live Tile needs to get used to but coming from Android static icons with a background it's a breath of fresh air to something new. If you are into browsing 100,000s of apps as your daily use of a smartphone this is probably not the phone for you. If you are looking for dual core, HD screen thinking of future OS updates, than also look elsewhere. A smartphone you buying today is to be used today, 24 months from now, there will be a complete set of new phones with different specifications and OS update. I suggest looking into the WP Marketplace to see if they have the apps you are looking for before buying this phone...if you are just looking for a phone to browse the internet at LTE speed, integrated Social Media...this phone rocks!
- Great feel to the polycarbonate..doesn't feel cheap when you hold it
- Nokia Drive ---been using Nokia Drive since Symbian and Google Navigation doesn't match to the quality of this GPS Navigation...and its free with off line mapping....it also has like 50+ languges for voice navigation
- At $99 for a premium phone...its a no brainer compare to $299 for high end Androids or iPhones
- LTE speed is fast compare to the old 3G
- easily integrate with Hotmail/Google/Yahoo mail/contacts/calendar
- The Cyan color turn heads when you use it waiting in line at Costco
- Battery life last a full day on medium use on LTE with Wifi and Bluetooth turned off (My Samsung Galaxy SII will last about 5 hours before I need to charge it)
- Playing Spotify on my Samsung Galaxy SII (4G) will last a bit less than 3 hours before I need to charge
- Nokia Luma 900 playing Spotify on LTE wil last a good 5 hours before I need to charge it
- I left both phone on playing Spotify in a loop on my playlist
- Clear Black AMOLED screen, easier to read outdoors in the sun
- Can link multiple email inboxes into one inbox for ease of use
- Group Messaging so its easier to keep track of group texts in one thread instead of getting each text individually
- MS Office syncs to Skydrive and I can edit on my PC and sync it
- feels a bit heavy compare to the SII and other phones because of the polycarbonate...doesn't feel plastic toy like a lot of phones out there
- Camera is descent but doesn't have the quality of the my Nokia N8
- No free tethering option
- No Skype integration yet
- No removeable batteries
- No USB mass storage option ....will have to go through Zune...I go through Skydrive for my files and MS gives you 20GB of data with Windows Phone
The pros for me outweight the cons and with Nokia Drive offline mapping, a $99 price tag (FREE till April 21st) this phone is a winner
Excellent experience so far April 12, 2012
I picked the Cyan version up from a corporate store a few days ago.
So far I'm loving the phone. Spec wise I thought I would be underwhelmed but there's a certain... grace to the regular functions. Its not instant-zippy fast but with the animations I don't even notice a difference. Microsoft has a put a lot of thought into the design and execution of the visual language and it shows. Its hard to put to words but it just has a certain elegance that makes it a joy for everyday use.
Integration between contacts, facebook, and messaging is pretty awesome. Default mail client is clean and efficient although gmail power users might have issues. I never delved all that deeply into the labeling structure so I've been fine.
I really love the live-tile interface and have had a number of friends interested in potentially picking up the phone because they're bored of iOS structure.
For apps, I'm finding it incredible with the Metro interface/design language. Reading using the USAToday/CNN/BBC apps is a treat and a nice change from the typical orientation on the web/most phones. I can't wait to see what will happen with apps once development becomes more widespread. To be honest, I hardly use IE9 on the phone with the specially designed apps.
SkyDrive app is great and the OneNoteMobile app is pretty awesome. Can include pictures and recordings made using the phone into the Notes. These are then automatically linked to SkyDrive if you've setup your account. Can also edit notes from your SkyDrive and it will automatically push the update to your phone's Note.
Phone quality seems good although the pictures seem a little.... off is the word, I guess. I'm not entirely sure but I think it has something to do with the post-processing because pre-snap the pictures look really clean but post-snap something weird is going on. Passable but an update might improve things down the line.
The camera and the app shortage are literally the ONLY things that I do not 100% love about this phone. The apps should be remedied as more users arrive on the platform and we'll see what happens with the camera.
If you're looking to upgrade to your first smartphone or just looking for something unique to try I can't recommend this phone highly enough.
Nokia's Lumia 900 April 12, 2012
There are many great points to this phone, really, it's the best phone I've ever picked up. There are also places in which to improve on, as on any phone.
The Lumia 900 is the most beautiful phone I've had the opportunities to lay my eyes on. The pictures don't do it justice and you really need to hold this in your hands to truly appreciate it. Anyone complaining about thinness is kidding themselves and trying to complain about something. The 11.5 mm thickness is just fine and feels thinner than it is.
I'm sick of people complaining about the display. The display is absolutely beautiful, and is fully functional outside, something I can't say about any other phone. The resolution is fine. Yes, it would be fantastic if 720p, but not a deal breaker, or even close to it. It looks beautiful and is fully readable. Stop saying it's awful, because it's not.
The cameras are where Nokia can improve, even possibly through software update. It takes fantastic pictures in well-lit areas (as well as the 4s in my opinion), but subpar in low light. I'm also sick of people saying the video recording is awful, because it isn't. 1080p is nice, but 720p is just fine, again it is not a deal breaker.
Reception is fantastic, have not had problems where I've seen others have problems (iPhone users). Call quality is great. The speaker in my opinion is very loud, I keep it at the lowest setting most of the time, and my hearing is not great.
Performance is fantastic on this device. So much faster than the original Focus I've had and every Android smartphone I've seen my friends with.
Software, of course, is fantastic as well. I love Windows Phone. It is the best smartphone OS out there. There are of course areas in which it can improve, but that's true of all platforms. Even at the current point in time, it beats out iOS, and definitely beats out Android (and yes, I've used 4.0).
Battery life is relatively great. The battery doesn't just disappear while not even using it like it does on Android. It easily gets me through a whole day, and I live in an LTE area. This is what I would say is medium-heavy use though. I'm sure if I was using it heavily, it would be on the edge of getting me through a whole day's use.
I'm also sick of the way people talk about the ecosystem (not enough room to explain). Yes, it is lagging behind, that's obvious given it didn't arrive until 2 years after the others. There are some applications that I wish it had, but nothing deal-breaking. There are alternatives to a lot of thing, which is nice. I wish there were more official apps, but that's it. The OS has built-in my most important features and uses that make it far more efficient than the other platforms.
One Word "Amazing..." April 12, 2012
Have had many WP7 devices, Samsung Focus, HD7s, and Titan. This Nokia L900 is simply superior product. Great in the hands, AWESOME screen, free Nokia Drive and the sound is amazing. All my previous phones, the volume were set at 25 of 30. On L900 setting at that level is freaking loud..... :) Great Job Nokia....
Lumia 900 is the new Iphone April 10, 2012
Well, I have been waiting for this phone for several months now. Holding it in my hand has made the wait worthwhile.
I have been using Mango OS on my Lumia 710 and my samsung focus before that. So i do like the OS. As far as number of apps in MS vs Apple vs Android, well, i only use the top 8 apps, which are readily found with msft.
Love my new cyan Lumia 900
Great Design + Easy to use Interface = Awesome April 10, 2012
Reviewer: Christopher Steven (Little Rock, AR USA) -
I preordered this device from ATT and Recieved it friday. This device is VERY snappy on my focus once in a while it would stutter when flicking. I have not had this happen at all. I went on an Easter trip to see my family I had the bluetooth turned on and setup through my jeeps stereo and listened to zune music and podcasts on the entire 6 hours round trip drive. It never buffered and never disconncted. The Touchless Text messaging was very helpfull and Nokia Drive was very nice. It is 1000% better for driving use then the Map system that comes default with the Phone. I am a Developer and I have to develop for Wp7 Andriod an IOS every day. I like WP7 the best. You can write apps in half the time on WP7 then you can on andriod and IOS. I believe when more ppl start using the plateform the OS will shatter the 1m app barrier
Truly, a different (and amazing) phone April 10, 2012
This phone is gorgeous. At first it feels overly large and hefty, but after two hours of using it, you'll never want to go back. The industrial design is different, the software is gorgeous, it's the perfect marriage of edgy and usable.
A great phone - give it a week and you will never look at an android or iPhone again. April 10, 2012
Reviewer: Josh H. (Austin) -
Ok so as a mobile developer who spends at least 10 hours a week on each of the major platforms (iPhone, Android, WP7, BB). The Lumia is an amazingly great phone.. I waited in line for the first iPhone (and the 3g, and I have a 4s now).. I've also been using WP7 devices since Day 1. And -because ya I am a Mobile Dev- an Android phone is always in my bag with me too...
All that being said, and with the ability to choose any phone I want as my daily "personal" device the Lumia 900 is going to be it for quite a while.. You will really enjoy screen because it is wonderful, the feel in the hand is solid (much higher build quality and feel then the Focus). LTE great ( I live in Austin so its everywhere here ). This device deserves the multiple 5 star ratings that others on are giving it..
If you give WP7 5 days as your primary phone and you don't love it I would be utterly shocked..
Great Operating System
LTE super fast internet
Can be a WiFi Hot Spot with the right AT&T data plan.
need I say more :-)
Smartphone of 2012, as yet April 10, 2012
Great design and very powerful smartphone.
User interface is refreshing and very intuitive.
I am very curious about the battery life, after two days of use it seems to be good.
Good price, also.
Worth a buy!
Lumia 900 lives up to the hype! April 9, 2012
Reviewer: Scaramanga (Mountain View) -
I really love this phone! The whole UI design along with the hardware is fantastic (I have the cyan color). It's smooth, fast (especially on LTE) and intuitive. I love how easy the Zune interface is to sync my content and control it the way I want to - no more tears like in the bad-ol iTunes days ;-) There are several fine reviews of the Lumia 900 device here on Amazon, so I won't go into those details. I just wanted to say that I've been an iPhone user (3, 3G, 4) for many years and the Lumia 900 is a definite upgrade for me!
*** Update ***
I've been using the Lumia 900 constantly since I bought it and it's still a fantastic device. I love showing off the hardware and the intuitive UI. I'm very happy with it and look forward to more apps and updates for the Lumia series. Great phone!
The best phone I've ever owned May 28, 2012
Reviewer: LimitedGovernment (Connecticut, USA) -
I recently upgraded from an iPhone to the Lumia 900 and I am blown away. If I had to pick one word to describe this phone, it would be FAST. The interface is speedy. The 4G LTE means that webpages load as fast as they would on a laptop. Connecting to Facebook lets you send Facebook messages through the messaging feature. It does everything my iPhone did, but faster, sleeker, and easier. The phone is also a beautiful unibody design, and the price point can't be beat.
A few cool facts from my experience with the phone May 13, 2012
Reviewer: Jun "Jun"
bought a black and a cyan.
perfect integration with Outlook exchange server. the scheduled calendar appointments from work and all other work realted stuff got automatically pushed over.
World wide turn by turn nav/drive direction. We can download any international city map for this free service, great for international travel. Then you can just delete the map to release the space or to reload for map updating.
Bing visual search, aim at a foreign language sign, then immediately English translation show up.
Native remote desk top connection apps to any PC and windows servers. great for any IT person or .Net server programmer to work on windows web server (which hold the biggest enterprise web server market) on the go.
Beautiful May 11, 2012
Reviewer: M. Binbek
I usually don't write reviews I feel I owe it to this gorgeous device to do so, this phone was back ordered here which is my favorite e-trailer but I managed to get one from ATT online. I have been using an iphone since the 2g and it just hasn't changed since then its lost its glow. The Lumia is like leaving the city and climbing a mountain somewhere near a forest a breath of fresh air. I haven't really been as impressed with a device since I got my first iPhone it is that impressive down to the deep blacks of the display to the refreshing live tiles.
This device just works wonderfully as a phone bing integration seems like it is more designed for this than it is as a search engine for pc. Anything you're looking for you can just say find it or use the local scout and all pertinent information pops up on a nice card. The email client actually feels like you're using outlook. You can add attachments to your email not goto a separate app on the iphone like photos then start a new email, you can just reply and click attachments. I can go on features forever I just want to keep it short and say I will never look back this is the most beautiful phone I have owned period and the classy OS suits it!